Friday, January 27, 2006

Missions Report - January 2006

Grace & Ala, her voice instructor
   Greetings from Frigid Ukraine! 
We heard it was 65 degrees in Atlanta yesterday, while it was 15 degrees below zero here in Kiev - with strong winds and blowing snow making it feel like 35 below! We experienced a first today on our way to language school – walking the mile each way to the bus stop in these frigid conditions and six inches of snow, but we were bundled up and it really wasn’t so bad.

Ala singing at The Messiah with Roger
McMurren & the Kiev Symphony Orchestra
& Choir

Loving the Lost. One of the most enjoyable things Danelle and I do is to stop at the open air market each day after school and build friendships with Nadia, who sells honey, and Bakrom, who sells dried fruits and nuts. We want them to hear about our Savior and Lord. Last week I was privileged to go and talk to them about Christ through a translator. Don’t you find it exhilarating to give to others, especially in the area of your giftedness? When I am filled with God’s Spirit, I just find myself sharing the gospel of Christ with people here in Ukraine, and enjoying it immensely! When my mind is on other’s needs, and not myself, I am filled with the Spirit.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love.” Galatians 5:22

Grace Coming to America. Grace will be coming back to the United States in February to audition for a voice scholarship at Shorter College. Shorter is a small college in Rome, Georgia that has an excellent voice program. Please pray for Grace to perform well.
The Nelson Family in Bulgaria

Christmas. We had a wonderful Christmas with our family. God is so good! Our oldest son Scott made this special time a reality. It is hard to be separated from ones you love so much. Thank you sustaining us with your prayers, words of encouragement and gifts!

Summer Opportunities in Kiev. We will conduct evangelistic outreaches here in late June and July. If you are interested in joining a team for two weeks with GCM, please contact us for information or visit our 2006 Summer Project page!
Snowman and our snowgirls

Please pray for us to persevere in learning Russian and for Kostia, Julia, Zhanya, Ina, Bakrom and Babajon to come to Jesus. They are open and have heard the gospel recently. Bakrom and his father are Muslim.



Yours in our Savior's Love,

Steve, Danelle, Grace, and Merry